Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Souper Simple Miso for a Taste of Spring


Still cold on the mountain, spring is just around the corner, right?  I love this bit of pause before the sap runs, the pot holes get deeper, my dog Plato starts shedding everywhere and mud season is in full swing.  Days are getting longer, the snow blanket takes on softer look as it gets ready to melt and flow and we are all eagerly awaiting the absolute bliss of robins prancing and poplar tree buds peeking in out lime green glory heralding  a new beginning.  I am getting ready to host two very special Seasonal Sunday workshops in March with two amazing women Joann Darling of Garden of the Seven Gables and Sandra Lory of Mandala Botanicals.  Tree Medicineon March 8 and Spring Zing on March 22nd 10-4pm. Please join us by registering here.

A great time to make a plan for a simple cleanse, or a wake up your liver week to get the energy we all need moving into outdoor glee and clean up soon. How to start simple?  I love to make a soup like this miso sans tofu, which is traditional to miso but not my tastebuds and loaded with onions, parsley and scallions, wonderful de-toxifiers and cleansers. I also steam more veggies and tend saute with water more than fat, add more bitter greens into my diet and drink lots of liquids..warm water with lemon, simple teas and go light on alcohol. 

FOR my recipe today,  I use South River MISO and highly recommend this particular brand if you can find it. I always add some kind of sea veggie to my Miso soups and the best ones I have found are from  Larch Hansen who harvests the seaweed in Maine has wonderful recipes on his website too.  Super minerals for cleansing and boosting cellular deficiencies. I also think the parsley and scallions make this soup a winner - the combined flavors with the thyme, onion and sea veggies leave you wanting more.  Enjoy this soup with a light mixed herb and baby spinach salad adding some gorgonzola crumbles and avocado nuggets. 

A great lunch to savor while taking a little pause dreaming of garden glory and the blessings of the green.
Stay Warm out there!  
Hugs all around.. Marie


4 large onions, thinly sliced or chopped2 tablespoons  Sweet-Tasting Brown Rice Miso  2 tablespoons of any other kind of MISO (Using two varieties is optional. Use a total of 4 tablespoons of miso.) 1 quart water Coconut Oil- 2 TBSP Pinch of sea salt Pinch of dried thyme
4 inches of Kelp ( Chopped parsley and scallion

LETS GET TO IT: 1. Heat coconut oil in heavy soup pot and add onions with pinchof sea salt and dried thyme. 2. Sauté on medium flame for 1-2 minutes, then reduce to low flame. 3. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes stirring occasionally.  4. Add water, simmer for 20 more minutes then bring to boil over high heat. 
5. In a small bowl blend miso with 1/2 cup liquid from pot. Turn offheat and add diluted miso. 6. Season to taste by adding more miso or sea salt. Serve garnishedwith fresh parsley and scallions.

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Monday, February 2, 2015

Pine Needle Tea for Vitamin C!

Enjoying the Benefits of Tree Medicine

January Deep Freeze here in New England! A great time to take a stroll (or snowshoe)  to your nearest White Pine tree for everything you need to made a delicious cup of tea! Pine needle tea benefits are many and many of us here in New England have this medicinal powerhouse growing right outside our door.  It has more vitamin C than 5 large lemons, makes a lovely mild tasting tea full of Vitamin A and K, helps clear the lungs as a tea or steam and actually helps form collagen!  The color when steeped for 20 minutes can be a light to deep red color.  It will still be good the next day too if you put extra amounts in a tight fitting jar and place in the fridge.

How do you tell which one is white pine? Take a branch and look at each node you will find a tuft of 5 needles at each node.  I usually cut a small branch giving me up to 4 tufts of 5 needles each, plenty to make a delicious batch of tea for two or a pot of aromatic steam for clearing your sinus and mucus build up in the thick of a cold.  I hope you have a chance to try this - really fun to do with kids too.
May the rest of your winter be full of healthy red cheeks in from the cold with a glow to warm up with a cuppa Pine Needle Tea.

Stay Warm and Be Well,
Big Heart Greetings to you,



Bring 1 1/2 cups of water to a boil in a stainless steel saucepan. Break apart the pine needles with your fingers and cut them up in small pieces. Add the pine needles and turn off the burner after 3-4 minutes. Let steep around 10-15 minutes. When at least 5 minutes has passed, stir in honey if you like to sweeten. Honey has the added benefit of helping with sore throats and is also a mild antibiotic. Strain into a mug and enjoy. (Not recommended for pregnant women)

 If this recipe inspires you to run outside and collect pine needles, AND you live near or in Vermont, YOU are invited to join us to learn way more TREE MEDICINE with 3 Naturalist Vermonters  here at my home on March 8, a third in a series of Seasonal Sunday retreats for health and well being.


Snowshoe with us to explore the woodland, connect to certain trees and identify medicine for health, healing and soul food. We will make, taste and try salves, teas, tonics and more. Join Hosts Marie Frohlich, Joann Darling along with Sandra Lory on March 8, 2015 10-4  Learn more and register here

Marie is a certified health coach and herbalist - available to you for workplace wellness workshops, individual and group health coaching, designing special health and wellness retreats and consultations for health and herbal support. She also offers free half-hour health consultations to explore engaging your own personal health coach for 1-3 or 6 month programs.  Contact her here